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  • COLUMN: Teacher of the year: Why me?

    Each year Chesterfield County teachers select a “Teacher of the Year” at their school. 

    It is a great accomplishment. It shows your peers consider you to be a teacher who has exemplified all, or most of, the characteristics of an exceptional teacher.

    When I was selected Teacher of the Year at Ruby Elementary in 2002, I wondered, “Why me?”

    I had so many mixed emotions when I got the news – humbleness, apprehension and doubt. I even tried to force myself to feel a little happiness.

  • COLUMN: Reforming utility regulations

    After much debate, the S.C. House recently repealed the controversial Base Load Review. 

    The repeal is part of the General Assembly’s ratepayer protection package. These bills reform the utility regulatory process in our state.

    The repeal of the Base Load Review act was the third bill in the ratepayer protection package. 

    Currently, SCANA-owned SCE&G adds more than 18 percent to their customers’ power bills every month as a charge for building the now-defunct VC Summer nuclear facility. 

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Going Red draws attention to heart health

    Last Friday’s “Go Red Day” was not about red wine.
    Yet when Dr. Eva Rzucidlo of McLeod Vascular Associates told a roomful of red-clad women that drinking a small glass of wine each day could have heart-health benefits, the questions quickly turned to wine.
    The women wanted to know what red wine was best? Did it have to be red wine? Could it be grape juice? Was a more expensive wine better?

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Celebrating the CCCC

    It is appropriate that a decision made in a jury room of the Chesterfield County Courthouse is having a long-term effect.
    Juries, after all, often hold someone’s future in their hands. We would like to think juries make the right, just, and long-lasting decision.
    That jury room discussion was about those in need in Chesterfield County.
    Twenty-five years later, the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council – the group formed from that jury room discussion – continues to meet the needs of those in need.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Lesson on the walk up the mountain

    How much progress have we made in the past 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis? Have we reached the mountaintop? Is the dream still alive? 

    That progress, in many ways, is simply about shoes – as in “you have not walked in my shoes.”

    It works both ways; you have not walked in MY shoes. 

    The challenge is having a conversation where we agree to agree, agree to disagree and agree on what we can work together to change.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Our goals for 2018

    February 4 marks the beginning of the year of the Brown Earth Dog – if you follow Chinese astrology.

    The dog is one of twelve Chinese astrological symbols. There are also five elements and five colors that must be considered. 

    So 2018 is the year of the Brown Earth Dog. 

    Typically, those born under the dog sign are communicative, good listeners, serious, responsible, and have a deep sense of justice. 

    The Progressive Journal values those traits.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Santa, newsmen share bond

    Santa Claus is one of the hardest people in the business to interview.
    There is no question he hasn’t been asked.
    His answers, while heartfelt, lack specifics.
    We know he lives at the North Pole, but exactly where? We know he travels by sleigh, but how does it fly so far so quickly?
    How can he get all those presents to all the children, all over the world, in just one night?
    His answers are just a twinkle of his eye.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Ready to buy that tree? Here’s what you need to consider

    Christmas, it’s the most wonderful time of the year – if you know how to deal with stress.
    There are so many questions and it’s seldom a yes-no choice.
    How do you pick the perfect tree, the perfect gift, plan the perfect dinner, and pick the perfect outfit?
    It gets more complicated when more people are making the decisions. Asking children rarely leads to consensus.
    It is also the classic left brain-right brain situation.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Thanksgiving traditions waning?

    Be it recipes or retail shopping, the routines of Thanksgiving were once sacred. Families religiously did the same thing year after year without question. 

    In 2017, Thanksgiving is still a time for family, but the date, time and place are negotiable. 

  • PUBLISHER'S COLUMN: We are your ‘Main Street media’

    I am beyond honored to join this group of individuals who have led the National Newspaper Association to where we are today. Over 2,000 members strong, representing communities from the East Coast to the West Coast.

    I’m a proud small-town community newspaper publisher from South Carolina who has been mentored by many great people over the 32 years I have worked in this industry – some of them in this room. One of my mentors, David Ernest, recently passed away. I had the privilege of working with him for 10 years.